DEATH * BY * METH

This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mom to be retried in baby's meth poisoning case (California)

The Associated Press
CORONA- A woman accused of breast-feeding her son methamphetamine-laced milk will be retried a third time on a murder charge, a judge ruled Monday.

"It was abundantly clear to the court that the cause of death of the victim was due to methamphetamine intoxication," Riverside County Judge Patrick Magers said in rejecting a defense request to dismiss the charge.

Amy Leanne Prien, who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for felony child endangerment, said she woke up Jan. 19, 2002, and found her son dead in bed.

Prien, 34, of Mead Valley, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003, but an appeals court overturned the conviction citing flawed jury instructions. The district attorney's office retried the case, but a judge declared a mistrial in June after a jury deadlocked 6-6.

In the most recent trial, the prosecution argued Prien, who had smoked meth for 10 to 15 years, breast-fed her child after smoking even though she knew it could damage him.

When Prien was arrested, blood tests showed the methamphetamine levels in her blood were within a potentially lethal range, but police never tested her breast milk.

Her attorney, Joe Reichmann of Los Angeles, argued the charges were based on "make-believe science" because authorities never knew how much of the drugs were in her milk.

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/healthscience/homepage/article_1243577.php

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